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Our Team

Executive Chair

Jennifer Hirlehey

Jennifer Hirlehey is a lawyer with over 20 years of experience in litigation and crisis management and has extensive experience in labour and employment law. She has assisted clients with policy development, improving stakeholders’ relations, investigations, risk management and organizational change. Hirlehey has practiced law at a top-rated national law firm and in private practice and has served on the board of directors of several community not-for-profit organizations. Hirlehey currently lives in the GTA where she works diligently to ensure racialized children and the Carnival Arts are represented in our schools. In her spare time, Hirlehey loves to travel and attend sport meets with her son. She also loves to play cricket and go boating and tubing with her kids in the Kawartha Lakes.

Board Member

Sygnus Matthew

In 2009 after graduating and completing the double majors, he moved to Toronto, Ontario, where he currently resides. Since graduating, he has worked in the banking industries in both St. Lucia and Toronto and is also the Treasurer of the board for the Festival Management Committee. His career spans from roles as a financial advisor, venture capital investor, business loans office and a personal credit advisor for high-net-worth individuals seeking personal credit solutions. In 2022, Sygnus completed a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from Queens University’s Smith School of Business. When he's not navigating the financial landscape, Sygnus enjoys going to the gym or playing basketball or table tennis. With his guiding principle, "teamwork makes the dreamwork," Sygnus embraces collaboration in all his endeavors. 

Board Member

Henry Gomez

Gomez is a multi-faceted public figure, who remains committed to education, entertainment, and community service. He holds an MFA (Theatre) and an MA (Interdisciplinary Studies) from York University. Gomez is an executive member of the Harriet Tubman Institute, a founding member and current president of Organization of Calypso Performing Artistes, a board member of the Festival Management Committee as the representative for the Organization of Calypso Performing Artistes, former Chair of Caribana Arts Group, and a nominee for a Teacher of The Year award. He is also an event manager. As King Cosmos, he is a composer and recording artiste and the winner of various music awards. His music can be found on You Tube, Spotify and other streaming platforms. He has hosted shows at Harbourfront Centre and Afrofest, as well as programs on radio stations CFRB 1010 and CIUT 89.5 FM. Gomez is also a stage, radio, film, and TV personality.    

Secretary of the Board of Directors

Anne Marie Sutton

Anne Marie is a highly accomplished professional in the Events Management industry and serves on the Board of Directors of several not-for-profit organizations. With over 30 years of project/conference management, her successful career was earned by managing and executing a wide variety of event management projects. Sutton’s steadfast leadership skills accompanied by her passion, dedication, and commitment to helping people and organizations are the methodology and practices used to ensure the teams’ great success. 

Board Member

Louis Saldenah

Louis Saldenah has followed in the footsteps of his father, the legendary Harold Saldenah, one of Trinidad and Tobago’s most renowned Carnival Bandleaders. In 1977, Louis Saldenah produced his first band “Shangri-la,” which went on to win the coveted Band of the Year honour.  Saldenah has participated in the annual Toronto Caribbean Carnival Parade for 37 years, winning the Band of the Year 21 times and runner up on 13 occasions. Over the years, his exceptional organizational management, financial, and people skills have propelled him to create some of the most spectacular parade presentations that Toronto has ever seen. Saldenah’s creativity and development of Mas as an art form have significantly contributed to the Toronto Caribbean Carnival which has grown to become one of the largest Carnival celebrations in the world.  Saldenah is currently the Carnival Arts Canada representative for the Festival Management Committee.   

Board Member

Terrence Wilson

Terrence Wilson's love of Steelpan began when he watched the Panorama competitions in his country of birth - Trinidad. He honed and developed his passion and skill after immigrating to Canada in his twenties. He joined the Afropan community classes where he started as a Tenor Pan player and worked his way around all the instruments until finally landing on his favourites- the mid-range instruments like the Guitar Pan, the Three- and Four- pan. Wilson takes great pride in his current role as the President of the Ontario Steelpan Association (OSA) and sees a bright future of Steel pan. He envisions regional pan concerts and festivals across Ontario and Canada. Wilson now also represents all Steel bands including his own, New Dimension Steel Orchestra, on the Board of the Toronto Caribbean Carnival.  

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